Bowling Green Section in U.S. was Established
The Kentucky city of Bowling Green lies in the southern part of the state, about 110 miles south of Louisville and about 60 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. The city sits alongside the Barren River, and is the county seat of Warren County. Neighboring cities include Franklin, Brownsville, Morgantown, Scottsville, and Russellville. Major highways servicing Bowling Green include Interstate 65; U.S. Routes 231, 31W, and 68; and Kentucky State Highways 185, 234, 240, and 242.
First settled in 1780 and incorporated in 1812, Bowling Green served as the Confederate capital of Kentucky from 1861 to 1862 while the city was under occupation by the Confederacy. After the Civil War, the city saw its economic base expand from agriculture and livestock to a wider variety of industries, as shown by many of the historic business structures still in evidence today. In 1906, The Western Kentucky State Normal School was founded in central Bowling Green and this institution went on to become Western Kentucky University, the third largest public university in the state. Today, the University is one of the city's largest employers, along with other major industries calling Bowling Green home, including the General Motors Corvette Plant, Holley Performance Products, and Pan-Oston.
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